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Miller Timber owner Lee Miller

Company owner Lee Miller stands in the yard of Miller Timber Services in Philomath in 2017.

MID-VALLEY MEDIA, FILE

Miller Timber Services got a little press recently in the Capital Press, a Salem-based agricultural publication.

Read the full story online at bit.ly/capital-press-miller-timber but here's an excerpt:

Just two weeks after completing the first Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program, otherwise known as REAL Oregon, Matt Mattioda was able to put his newly refined skills to the test.

Mattioda, who works as the chief forester for Miller Timber Services in Philomath was informed by a client that Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read was interested in touring a project site to better understand how trees are harvested on the landscape.

“I had a chance to show him what we’re doing,” Mattioda said of the visit. “If we don’t reach out and engage folks ... then whatever comes our way, we’re just going to have to deal with it.”

Thanks to REAL Oregon, Mattioda said he is comfortable advocating for his industry to a high-ranking state official. The program was conceived by businesses to engage natural resources professionals in career and leadership training — everything from government relations and conflict resolution to public speaking and presentation.

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